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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 11, 2009 3:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

This kid's pretty amazing, eh? Anyone that throws around "Nyquist Frequency" like he was ordering a BigMac has to be alright...

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 12, 2009 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

Thanks for the kind words, makes me wonder how I could be so far out in left field when it comes to politics, world events and human relationships.

I am actually now venturing into exploration of side chain compression and impulse response driven convolution reverbs... they seem to be all the rage now.

If anyone is looking for free music and audio related things here some great places to start:

http://www.sonicspot.com/ Where I started long ago...

Careful there may be subversive backdoor software in there...

If you create music, process or remix sound for any reason and want to take the next step, you can get your fill of advanced stuff here (awesome search filters).

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/

THE best (practically free) digital audio workstation I have ever not paid for:

http://www.reaper.fm/

And unless your are a genuine sphere made of polystyrene and want to be the coolest person in the world with a passion for self determination and a bold stance against colonial american capitalism you can go here:

http://www.apple.com/itunes/

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jan 12, 2009 5:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

hee hee...nice one, NC. Of course, I use iTunes, but it's not good for every app. And I only resemble a polystyrene sphere in regards to my lightweight ability to go off in the wrong direction at any time... :)

And I'll second WT, I appreciate all this and other info you have laid down here. There are many many competing music processing programs, and it's nice to hear informed opinion from someone who's actually used them.

I also like that you do your own music and post it here. I do too...but I'm too shy to give out a link to the Dead brethren, just yet. You're a braver man than I am, Guanga Din...

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 12, 2009 5:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

Thanks, see my other post (ironically by someone named after someone who shot a Macintosh off someone's head). Apple bashing is like president bashing, it's only fun when you are a dick, I mean when you ain't got a pony in the race.

I was a Commodore snob for years and hated IBM and joked about them all the time... talk about picking the wrong ticket... I did some basic programming on an Apple IIC and the first MAC when it came out in school. Radio Shack TRS-80, Texas Intrument TI-99, Commodore VIC-20 to Amiga... I slutted around with technology in my younger years but never liked IBM, go figure!

Post a link of your music in my forum, noone will see it but me!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 12, 2009 6:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

Ha! I remember Commodore!

But about all I can do now is hum a few bars:

"once, twice, THREE times a lady!" (is there anything worse than a commodores cover band in the mid 70s in a skid row bar, that does this song three times [funny, now that I think of it] in a two hour set when you and three friends are the only ones there getting shit faced and wondering how this is happening? NO.).

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Poster: veblen Date: Jan 12, 2009 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

what???

was it the only place open in a dry county?

or were the drinks or drugs free of charge?

or was the little lady a big commodores fan and you knew which side your bread was buttered on, knowing it was best to just drink and endure the pain?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 12, 2009 9:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

These are all excellent questions for which I have no compelling answer, save, it seemed a good idea at the time.

I was mistaken.

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Poster: veblen Date: Jan 12, 2009 9:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

well I only knew the questions since I have been there myself...

speaking of a former japanese commodore of sorts:

if you have never read the dairy of admiral ugaki 41-45 (fading victory) check it out...one great read...he was yamamoto's chief of staff (even going down on the same day in a second plane as the commander in chief), then commnaded the yamato, among other things...only negative is that some of it is missing...he even provides for a few chuckles...

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jan 12, 2009 5:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

Now, there's a thought... ;)

I've no brand loyalty with computers. If it gets me from A to B, me likey. That's why I'm not the best person to defend Apple, if they even CAN be defended. Ideally you'd have both a PC and a Mac, because each does things the other can't. But who can afford that kind of setup?

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jan 13, 2009 8:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

Hey NC, wanna buy a "hardly used" TI99-4A? I got one of those babies in the basement. I think I might be able to find the two wire-bound "basic programming" books I bought with the thing.

And did you ever play around with "Basic Programming" on an Atari 2600?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 13, 2009 10:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

No thanks, but someone tried to sell me a C64 for 5 dollars when they were old enough to be a joke but not old enough to be cool to have... shoulda bought that bastard. Put it on Ebay man, someone will buy it and use it.

I don't have much of a passion for the Texas Instrument stuff but I spent hours programming games and writing music with peeks and pokes in basic on Vic-20, then I upgraded to C-64 and even had the C-128 (running in 64 mode 99% of the time).

I was 5 when I got the Atari 2600 so all I did was play Kaboom and Barnstorming and Combat and ET (lamest game ever) and Vangaurd (great 4 player double paddle fun) and Asteroids and of course Pitfall.

My mom picked up one at a yard sale a few years ago and I was going to hook it up and sample a bunch of sounds but I forget what happened to it.

I bought the step kid an all in one unit that had a shit load of games in it and it looked like the old system except no rubberized stick (always a problem)... she took it with her on a visit and it never came back, her scumbag loser dad prolly sold it for crack or a male prostitute, dickhead. Yeah I called you dickhead, what are you going to do? Sorry, I get carried away when it comes to scumbag losers!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 12, 2009 4:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

Hey NC, I actually have a follow up question, and again, pardon my (extreme) ignorance. I think you know I have made the historically indefensible leap to ipod/itunes, BUT someone asked me today, "hey, can I just buy a generic MP3 player instead?" and I said, "well, yes, but..." and the but being I didn't know what that would entail.

If said friend just picks up one of these things at Target or Radio Shack or what have you, will they need a software download (which you might have described in your prior email--er, post!), when they plug the thing into their computer, OR will it come with some sort of loaded program or...?

Sorry, don't mean to put you out, but if you could give me the skinny, or ref to your prior post, it would be much appreciated.

And, for what it's worth, I have found your views refreshingly straightforward, and based on care for detail/historical interest/etc., so that even if we might come to different conclusions at times, it certainly is worthy of discussion and consideration, and re-evaluation on my part.

That's always worthwile.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 12, 2009 4:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

Sure! MP3 players are recognized by windows as portable storage devices. You plug them in, they appear in "my computer" you drag your song folder into them and they transfer (both ways) in a minute or two depending. I bought someone one for $12.95 for christmas and I think it's 512MB, there was a 1GB one for $20 something. You do not need to do anything but charge it or put batteries in it and plug it into USB port and drag and drop songs. If they lose it or it breaks, who cares?

When I helped them set the thing up after burning some CD's to the drive it automatically synchronized and transfered everything before I even got into the screens to show them how to do it. That was a surprise to me. There is no need to install the software or anything.

I have a digital recorder I have been using for months and still haven't opened the disk that came with it, not even sure what I did with it or what's on it. Probably some trial software some corporation wants me to think I need to operate their product so I'll pay them later.

I was only hopping on the apple bashing wagon because for once I was not the target or a fan of the target and, well it felt damn good for a change. You can use whatever you want, but there are free or cheap alternatives. How can you compare less than $20 for half a gigabyte with the ipod? I know, you can play breakout with that dreaded spinning wheel!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 12, 2009 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: download programs FREE OPTIONS

Outstanding! Thanks dude--I loved that earlier post by clash about Apple, going bankrupt, but everyone loving him, etc., etc.--frickin funny!

This will make this person's day, and I am thinking of switching too. Though I have "loved" it, it is displaying the problem of wigging out unless I have it fully charged, etc., and just beginning to be a bit of pain given I paid $140 for it!